Former Bellator welterweight champion, Lyman Good, has temporarily left the MMA cage and has decided to step into the ring to test his Muay Thai mettle.
This Saturday in Schuetzen Park, New Jersey, Good will be main-evening Warrior's Cup XVII, a full-contant Muay Thai show based in the Garden State. Facing the TSMMA combatant will be Strahina Ivanovic. Originally from Serbia, Ivanovic currently resides in Virginia and has Slobodan Pavlovic, 1984 Olympic boxing team member from Yugoslavia, helping him train. Good was originally scheduled to face former WBC National Champ, Heath "Cowboy" Harris, who ended up being unable to compete at this event.
Good has amassed a 15-3 record in MMA, coming up short in the finals of the Bellator season seven welterweight tournament and semi-finals of season four to earn a shot back at the belt that he lost to current champ, Ben Askren. His most recent fight was this past April, with a unanimous decision win over Dante Rivera at Bellator 95 in front of a hometown crowd in New Jersey.
Good has competed in kickboxing before, with three fights in Chuck Norris' World Combat League, victorious those three times via decision. It will be his first time in a proper Muay Thai rules match, however, so it will be interesting to see how his clinch game translates to this environment. It will also be his first time constricted by the four corners of a ring since 2008.
Bellator still has Good's profile up on their website, which theoretically could mean he is still under contract with them and taking a Muay Thai fight to keep himself fresh, or he has yet to re-sign and may be looking towards greener pastures like the World Series of Fighting, who recently signed Nick Newell, or perhaps the UFC. We will have a definite answer this weekend when I run into him at the event and incessantly nag him until I get an answer.
TIckets are still available via Warrior's Cup's official website, with the event also available on internet pay-per-view via Go Fight Live. Also on the Warrior's Cup card, Rich Brattole looks to defend his 155 lbs Warriors Cup title for the third time against Jovan Davis, and the first-ever female A-class Full rules title bout between Christina Peteraf of "Cool Hearts Muay Thai" Camp and Laurel Holloway from the "Sitan" Gym, among many other bouts.